A stoma is an opening on the surface of the abdomen which has been surgically created as a diversion from the bowel and is undertaken to treat a range of bowel illnesses including cancer, diverticulitis and Crohn’s disease.
The new service, open Monday to Friday, 9am to 3.30pm, provides monthly telephone reviews, repeat prescription for patients’ stoma products and access to the team of specialist stoma nurses.
Stoma patients can contact the team of prescribing coordinators based at Langbaurgh House, Guisborough.
Patients will be triaged by a stoma prescribing coordinator, their prescription printed off and delivery arranged and reviewed by one of the community stoma specialist nurses if clinically needed ensuring access to the most clinically relevant products and advice from nurses with specialist skills and knowledge.
The new service is one of a kind in the country and aims to provide excellent holistic care for over 1,000 patients across the area who live with a stoma.
The team can be contacted on 01642 944324.